Shakoor, a 5-foot-11, 208-pound sophomore, has been a work in progress for the Herd (3-2, 0-1 Conference USA). He has started four of the Herd’s five games in place of regular starters DeQuan Bembry and T.J. Drakeford, the latter of whom has been battling a foot injury.
The results have admittedly been mixed for Shakoor. He leads the team with seven pass breakups and has 15 tackles, but has given up a big play or two as well.
“As far as getting acclimated to the game speed, there is more that I want to do,” Shakoor said. “As far as right now, I’m not a rookie anymore. I don’t have that excuse. For the most part, I feel I’m doing pretty good, but I should be doing a lot better.”
Overall, the Marshall secondary has played well this season. The Herd has five interceptions in five games and is fifth in the conference in pass defense at 222.6 yards per game and third in pass defense efficiency at 117.7.
“We have just been blessed to have two great coaches,” Shakoor said, praising Mike Cassity and Jeff Burrow. “We work hard every day and (success) is the outcome. But we want more.”
As for the Green Wave (2-2, 0-1), Shakoor is aware of its top two receivers, Jeremy Williams and Casey Robottom. And, of course, Anderson, his fellow former Jaguar.
“I know his weaknesses.”
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